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The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman
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Francine has always been the type of girl to do as she's told and not question authority. It seems to be the best way to survive in a strict Catholic School. It all begins to change, though, when she befriends the new outspoken and rebellious girl, Sophie Bowman, in the year of 1949-1950. Sophie continually questions what she is begin told to do, insisting that it is her duty to stand up to her right to free speech. Most people, especially their teacher, Sister Basil the Great, do not appreciate Sophie's outspokenness, but Francine finds herself beginning to think about the complex issues that are arriving in the dawn of the Cold War. Francine faces these issues haltingly, and must deal with the other girls who find Sophie strange. This coming of age story is touching and funny. The story is a good introduction to not oft talked of issues of the 50's like McCarthyism and the "hunt" for communists in our "free" country.
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